My Word for 2016:
I’ve never been good with keeping resolutions. I become too ambitious with them and create goals that I know may not be attainable within a year. Ahem – 12 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 40.
Last year I decided to choose a word for the year: RELAX. And honestly, I totally forgot about that word until just now.
But even though I forgotten, it planted a seed. In my own way, I have learned to relax this year. I started coloring to wind. I started meditating. I even went out a few times this year to get my hair and nails done. I made time for myself.
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So this year, instead of creating a list of resolutions, I want to continue keeping it simple with just one word as a theme for 2016.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I live with depression and anxiety. And after my second miscarriage in August, it’s been especially difficult.
During a recent session with my therapist, she suggested that I consider anti-depressants. It’s not the first time she’s made the suggestion. But I’ve been trying to avoid it. Since then I’ve been making more of an effort to seek out joy. I’m not saying medication will never be an option for me, I’m just not ready for it.
At the time of my therapists suggestion, I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Living in a smallish two-bedroom apartment, I am always looking for ways to organize and unclutter.
I haven’t finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but just starting motivated me to look around and ask myself: Does this bring me joy? If the answer was no, then it got tossed or donated.
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I started to let go of books and clothes and things and papers. And letting go was cathartic. I felt like I was giving myself space to breathe. The act of letting go was bringing me a sense of joy.
I want to surround myself with things that bring me joy. I want to do things for myself that bring me joy. (Just this morning, I went to the gym!) I want to appreciate all aspects of joy – from the smallest day-to-day moments to the big life-changing ones.
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What do you want for 2016?